In November we begin to prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s birth anew during Advent, which begins on November 29th this year.
This Advent let the example of Pope Francis inspire you in your Christian faith as he models the humility of Jesus Christ. The Printery House offers a soft cover booklet, Living Advent with Joy and Peace, in which Pope Francis’ words are a starting point for prayer. Each day includes a suggested Scripture reading, most often from the day’s Mass.
In Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Pope Francis you can reflect on the pope’s teachings, accompanied by Scripture, prayer, and action.
Lighting the candles of the Advent wreath is a beautiful and meaningful tradition of the Christmas season. A candle is lit on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Three candles are purple and one is rose or pink. The first candle represents hope; the second candle, peace; the pink candle represents joy, and the final candle signifies love. The Printery House offers several beautiful Advent wreaths to add deeper meaning to your home devotions during Advent.
There are some who put their Christmas tree up and decorated the first week of November. Maybe they’ve planned out how to avoid the commercialism and keep the Savior at the center. (Maybe). If you’re like most of us – still making preparations – and you want to help your family enjoy a meaningful Christmas, you have so many more options than having your tree up early and your shopping done in July.
It’s true that time is a precious commodity during the holidays, but unless you have a plan for what to do with that time, it can still wind up feeling like every other Christmas past. So here are some suggestions for keeping each day meaningful even when you are pulling out batch number 11 of sugar cookies.
1. Place a nativity at the center of every room.
You can help to keep Jesus at the center by literally putting Him in the center. Place a nativity set in the center of the dining table. It will be so much easier to talk about Him at mealtimes when the figures are right in front of your eyes. You can put a nativity set on the living room coffee table, on the mantle and on the table in the entryway too.
2. Practice Advent.
There are so many wonderful Christian products to help you celebrate Advent with your family. Advent wreaths may be placed on the table. Advent calendars can be hung on the walls. Advent devotionals can be read at mealtimes, in front of the fireplace or even at bedtimes. There are some with stickers for younger children and some with windows and daily bible readings for older children. Teens might enjoy reading from the bible as the candles on the advent wreath are lit. The point of each is to help you celebrate Christmas in its biblical context.
3. Go to an area church service on Christmas Eve. (Or, stay in).
Many churches offer Christmas Eve services, others do not. Going to a Christmas Eve service is a tradition in many families because there’s something about being out in the winter night and singing to the Savior like the angels did that makes it extra special. For others, it’s a special time to stay in with family and have a simple, quiet candle-lit devotional of your own. However you choose, honoring the story of the Holy birth on Christmas Eve can be a tradition you look forward to year after year.
4. Read Christmas-themed books with your children.
Many stores have sections devoted to Christian products and books. You can find books written to every age and reading level surrounding the Christmas story – from Seek and Find books to chapter books. Share the books and mugs of hot chocolate snuggled together all through the Christmas season, if even for 15 minutes each night.
5. Teach your kids the symbolism in Christmas.
Talk with children about why angels are often put on the top of the tree and why evergreen trees are used and why lights are everywhere at Christmas. Tell them the story of the candy cane and how the Magi gave the very first Christmas gifts. The season is loaded with symbolism, so don’t miss the richness.
If you are looking for Christian products to help you make this Christmas more meaningful, we suggest you visit The Printery House where you’ll find everything from sacred tree ornaments to advent devotionals to nativity sets. Visit today and enjoy each day of the season in all its glory.
Wouldn’t it be great if this year
you could slow down your life enough to enjoy what Christmas is all about and really worship the Lord of the Christmas season?
There is a way to take control of the Christmas season chaos. You can exchange stress for joy and materialism for meaning. A way that is time-tested and proven to help you keep a focus on the miracle of Christ’s appearing on the earth. It’s called Advent. Maybe your church celebrates Advent during weekly services and maybe it doesn’t – but in either case, Advent is a wonderful way to restore attention on the Savior and what makes Christmas so remarkable. There are a number of Christian
products that go along with Advent to guide you.
Advent covers the four week period leading up to Christmas Eve. An Advent wreath helps churches and families to consider Jesus’ birth in light of Biblical history and promises. It also helps us remember that the Jesus who came 2,000 plus years ago, will one day come again. The Advent wreath is a tool that helps us to celebrate Jesus’ first coming and builds expectation for His second coming.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus – coming. The wreath uses the lighting of candles to fix our attention on what really happened in that stable in Bethlehem. Traditional Advent celebrations incorporate weekly (or daily) bible readings
that help set the stage for Jesus’ arrival.
Jesus was promised long before He actually came, and God’s people looked for Him all through the pages of scripture. Each week, for four weeks, bible passages are read that show how God was preparing His people to recognize His Son. A purple candle is lit each week to symbolize the Majesty of Jesus as a promised king.
After the bible reading and the lighting of a new candle, meaningful Christmas carols can be sung and the family can close the time of worship with prayer. Songs like Come Thou Long Expected Jesus become more understandable to children and adults when they are sung as we contemplate the scope of the incarnation. On the final week of Advent, a candle is lit symbolizing the Hope of Jesus’ arrival. The last candle, the white one, is lit on Christmas Eve –when the light of the world fulfilled God’s promise
and came into the world.
Maybe you’d like this Christmas to be different. Maybe you’d like to really celebrate the coming of the Savior with your family. Advent is a great way to do that. The
Printery House offers an entire line of Christian products to help you. At The Printery House you can find votive Advent candleholders or wreaths that use tapers. There are Advent calendars for kids to enjoy with magnetic figures, stickers or peek-a-boo windows. You can even find books of reflective readings and helps with Advent prayers. Visit The Printery House today and be ready for a true celebration of Christmas before the season arrives.